Cut Off Turnpike Driver Survives, Settles Suit

Morning rush hour on the highway seems filled with tired, hurried, aggressive and distracted motorists. Martin Rosenel, a resident of East Brunswick, NJ, who commuted to New York daily, paid the price.

At 7:15 A.M. on June 17, 1999, Mr. Rosenel was driving in his Lincoln Navigator northbound in the center lane on the New Jersey Turnpike. While passing through Linden, another driver suddenly cut him off causing Mr. Rosenel to swerve and ultimately hit the concrete barrier. It may have saved his life.

Fortunately, he survived. Unfortunately, Mr. Rosenel sustained multiple fractures of his left leg, including fractures of the left knee involving the tibia and a dislocation fracture of the left ankle. He was hospitalized and received initial treatment at Elizabeth General Hospital. After failing to improve, Mr. Rosenel eventually underwent a total knee replacement.

At the time of the accident, at only 64 years old, Martin Rosenel was healthy and very active, especially in the family garment business in New York City. But after a life-threatening accident, extensive treatments and rehabilitation programs, and permanent limitations on his mobility, Martin Rosenel has been forced to curtail his work and personal activities substantially. He will never be the same.

On Friday, April 9, 2004, he settled for $750,000 – a small compensation for the large impact on his future lifestyle. He would gladly give it up to get his health and lifestyle back.

“Careless, rushing and aggressive driving ruins people’s lives,” argues Edward Slaughter, Jr., Esq., a partner in the Princeton-based law firm of Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman, the attorney representing Martin Rosenel. “Behind every personal injury is a personal tragedy.”

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